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8:48 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Candidates Owe More Than $2M In Fines To RI Board Of Elections

Candidates who’ve run for office owe a total of more than $2 million in fines to the state Board of Elections for past-due campaign reports. The board collected about $43,000 in fines last year.

Former South Kingstown State Senator Patrick McDonald owes the most – nearly $214,000 -- in the Board of Election’s newly posted list of outstanding fines. The outlook for collecting that money is considered bleak as McDonald is currently serving prison time for embezzlement.

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RI News
3:20 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Broadcasters Ask Judge To Lift Gag Order In Pension Case

Saying the gag order interferes with news organizations' efforts to inform the public, the Rhode Island Broadcasters Association has called on Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter to lift the order.

The gag order prevents parties to the pension lawsuit from discussing details of a proposed settlement, which is already being voted on by union members and retirees.

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RI News
8:58 am
Wed March 25, 2015

New Legislation Could Up Cigarette Purchase Age To 21

Rhode Island's current purchase age for cigarettes is 18. That could go up to 21 under proposed legislation.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Lawmakers will consider legislation today that would up the legal age to purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products. Rhode Islanders can currently start buying cigarettes at age 18. 

The new legislation would bar people under the age of 21 from buying cigarettes, or any other tobacco related products.  That includes cigars, chewing tobacco, and the increasingly popular e-cigarettes.

The House Committee on health, education and welfare is taking up the bill.

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On Politics
10:38 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Raimondo Unveils $8.6 Billion "Jobs" Budget; Assumptions Include $90M in Medicaid Savings

Raimondo makes her way to the House rostrum before delivering her budget address.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Governor Gina Raimondo on Thursday touted her $8.6 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 as a plan that will begin the rejuvenation of Rhode Island's economy.

At the same time, some parts of the spending plan rely on uncertainties, including $46 million in unspecified Medicaid savings and the wiping out of millions of dollars in un-budgeted pay hikes promised to state employees during the Chafee administration.

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RI News
8:30 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

The Governor's 2016 Budget: A Deeper Look At Health Care And Education

Credit Don Borman

  Gov. Gina Raimondo gave her first State of the State address last night, unveiling her first budget.

Explore the governor's budget online.

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